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Pearls of Wisdom for Clinical Teaching: Expert Educators Reflect

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  • Ronnie Lichtman CNM, PhD,

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      Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, PhD, Midwifery Education Program, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1227, Brooklyn, NY 11203.
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    • Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Midwifery Education Program (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, College of Health Related Professions (CHRP), Brooklyn, NY. Previously, she was Program Director of the midwifery education programs at Columbia University and SUNY Stony Brook.

  • Helen Varney Burst CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon),

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    • Helen Varney Burst, CNM, MSN, DHL (Hon), FACNM, is a Professor in the Yale University School of Nursing Nurse-Midwifery Specialty. Ms. Burst has directed nurse-midwifery education programs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Yale University.

  • Nancy Campau CNM, MS,

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    • Nancy Campau, CNM, MS, is currently in clinical practice and has previously been on the faculties of the midwifery programs at Columbia University and SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

  • Betty Carrington CNM, EdD,

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    • Betty Carrington, CNM, EdD, FACNM, is Chair of the ACNM Division of Accreditation and has served in a variety of capacities with the Division. She was on the faculty of the midwifery program at SUNY Downstate and was Program Director of the midwifery program at Columbia University.

  • Elaine K. Diegmann CNM, ND,

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    • Elaine K. Diegmann, CNM, ND, MS, FACNM, is Professor and Program Director of the midwifery program at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

  • Lily Hsia CNM, CPNP, MS,

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    • Lily Hsia, CNM, CPNP, MS, FACNM, was Associate Professor and Chair of the Midwifery Education Program at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, College of Health Related Professions (CHRP).

  • Joyce E. Thompson CNM, DrPH

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    • Joyce E. Thompson, CNM, DrPH, FAAN, FACNM, is the Lacey Professor of Community Health Nursing, Western Michigan University. She has been the midwifery Program Director at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania.


Ronnie Lichtman, CNM, PhD, Midwifery Education Program, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1227, Brooklyn, NY 11203.

Abstract

A group of expert educators, each with more than 20 years of experience in midwifery education, was asked to contribute a “pearl (or pearls) of wisdom” for clinical teaching. Despite minimal instructions regarding what type of wisdom was being solicited, remarkable similarities emerged from the educators' contributions. Themes included the need for self-evaluation to become a competent preceptor, the role-modeling function of the preceptor, the development of critical thinking in students, the need to appreciate students' varying learning styles and individual ways of functioning, and the use of positive reinforcement. Although these may seem like universally accepted concepts in clinical teaching, one contributor related stories she heard from students about “hazing” behaviors that have a negative impact on learning. This points to the need for ongoing education about being an educator, another theme echoed in several of the contributions.

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